Discovery Cover

“Discovery” by Rikki Sho and Burudu feat. Amy Claire

For me, “Discovery” is one of those tracks that I know I will continue to come back to, whether it be purposefully or by accident. I live in Ohio. And between harsh winters and nine months of gray days it can be quite depressing at times—I can imagine coming across this song some dark winter morning and being warmed and inspired by the swirling, uplifting melodies and vocals of this tune.

In an electronic music market saturated with short attention span songs this progressive epic is quite refreshing—this is a tune for daybreak and soft comedowns. At just one second over ten minutes, I am always surprised at how quickly I get lost in the narrative of the song: the pulsing interplay between soft kick drum and bubbling bass and the guitar and piano chords chasing Amy’s voice across the soundscape all make for a journey I want to go on over and over.

It is no surprise that this tune is the brain child of four artists—Nakul and Sahil of Burudu, Rikki Sho and vocalist Amy Claire—but how did they do it?

An Interview with the Artists

How did the four of you end up working together? Who approached whom?

Rikki: Burudu (Nakul & Sahil) and I had our own separate releases on a (now defunct) label – Red Light Café Recordings – in 2013.

I loved their release – a stunning single called Georgina – and asked if I could remix it. They agreed and were really pleased with the result. We kept in touch and followed each others work, and I really like their approach to their music so I figured we should work together again.

Burudu: The idea came about to work on a track and we just went with it, it was really organic , and after a lot of back and forth we had a solid song. Eventually the idea of adding vocals to the track came about, Rikki suggested Amy and we absolutely loved her voice.

Amy: Rikki and I are good friends and I have always been a great fan off his chilled out music. In fact it tends to calm me whenever I struggle to get to sleep.

Rikki: Having remembered Amy singing in a Christmas event once, I figured I’d approach her.

Did the four of you work together in person or was this mostly an online collaboration?

Burudu: We wish we did. We were never in the same place.

Rikki: Well I believe, by the time we began the collab, Nakul & Sahil had moved back to India, having been in London. So that side of the collab was all online. Swapping emails, Skype-ing and swapping files over WeTransfer.

Amy: Unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to meet Nakul and Sahil yet but heard their brilliant track when Rikki presented it to me. I have been recording acapella tracks and I believe Rikki introduced Burudu to my work. They were interested in including my vocals in the track they had created with Rikki.

Rikki: For Amy’s part, we spent 2 days (1 day per verse) at her flat, making-do with my little field recorder, some wine, and some chocolate.

Amy: So one night Rikki and I opened a bottle of wine to calm my nerves as I’m a novice at recording with others and used several methods to help my confidence which was wavering under the pressure. And I mean, I put pressure on myself when I make someone a cup of tea, so I’m going be nervous when I’m asked to add to something that is already beautiful. I really didn’t want to create something not worthy of the track. At one point I even made Rikki sit on the sofa with a cushion on his head for me.

The guys asked me to listen to the track and to create lyrics and a melody based on feelings that the music stirred up inside me. To me, it felt as though I was stressed and my mind filled with thoughts and worries. Worrying about how I can be myself in life when so much is expected of me. Where can I go to be allowed to be ‘ok’, ok with bad decisions I’ve made, ok with my funny quirks, ok to be my weight, ok to feel low. Then suddenly the music made me feel like I had walked into a golden corn field with the sun beating down on my skin. As I walked along I felt my fingers brush through the wheat completely releasing my anxiety. Knowing that troubles hadn’t gone, but in this place I could just be myself, whoever I want to be. Just BE.

I sketched down some of these words and very quickly in that one night it all came together. The lyrics written, melody created and my vocals recorded.

Since then Rikki has been liaising with Burudu on my behalf and between them they merged my vocals back into the track then emailed it over to me, which was very exciting.

What was the process like for each of you?

Rikki: Frickin’ awesome. The whole process, for me, feels like it has flowed 99% smoothly. Having learnt a bit about Burudu before the collab, knowing I liked their approach, I obviously made the right choice to collab with the guys. Each of us loved what the other did to the track each time; and our Skype chats were spent mostly agreeing with each other on what we wanted!! I was buzzing from their ideas! We obviously share the same Feels about music.

Nakul: The process was great, as mentioned earlier it was all very organic, nothing was forced and that’s when you really enjoy the process. We started working on this track sometime back and it took us a while to finish it, but keeping in mind that we had four of us sitting in four different parts of the world, I think we did alright.

Sahil: Rikki came along and added a bunch of instruments and sounds before Nakul finished the arrangement. It was all very spontaneous. There was quite a lot of sharing files between us. We thank WeTransfer entirely. It all started with guitars and the feel of the initial idea was quite different to the finished track.

Amy: This was just a new experience for me and very exciting. If I hadn’t been so nervous I believe I would have been able to produce smoother and more confident vocals but am very happy with the end result.

Rikki: The 2 days that formed Amy’s part were equally as awesome. I was literally bursting with excitement hearing what she was coming up with, but I had to keep calm so as not to disrupt her flow. But her flow was certainly flowing, even if her nerves made her think it wasn’t

What was the most important thing you learned from the collaboration?

Amy: So much, as this a new process for me every aspect of this journey has been eye opening and a learning curve for me. I have learnt to become more confident and that nerves only get in the way of success.

Rikki: That I can do collaborations after all, after having tried and failed in the past, mainly because I wanted what I wanted without having to compromise too much :) Recording vocals was also a new experience.

Nakul: Collaborations can be extremely inspiring, when one can witness different creative minds come together and create something, its always special. So yea I’ve learned that I quite enjoy collaborating with other artists.

Sahil: It was so fun. We’re going to be making more music together.

Was there any part of the process that put you out of your comfort zone? If so, what did you learn from that?

Amy: Oh yes, singing in front of others is something I have done before, but usually when singing covers of songs I have practiced and know the song inside out. I can then feel confident enough to play with the tune and vibrato to add a personal edge. However this is the first time since I was a child that I have tackled a vocal from scratch and I found it very difficult at first to sing in front of someone when the end product wasn’t polished.

Burudu: Nothing really put us out of our comfort zone. It was very chilled.

Rikki: No I don’t think so. Recording the vocals, although new, was exciting to do. I loved the whole process. It has been a fantastic experience.

Where did you draw your inspiration from for this track? (doesn’t necessarily have to be a musical source)

Rikki: I’m pretty “on the spot”, and often just go with what I feel at the time. Cheesy as it may sound, the track writes itself. Or the creativity leads me. Burudu’s love of emotion in music certainly inspired me after spending many years reluctantly accepting the notion that “emotion is cheesy”.

Burudu: Monkeys in the distance, drinking baileys, sunbathing.

Describe how you feel about the final product in a word or very short phrase.

Amy: Proud

Sahil: Open world

Nakul: A Journey

Rikki: RefreshedAndProud. There, that’s 1 word. :)

If you were going on national television to promote this track, what would you wear?

Sahil: Definitely socks.

Nakul: A heart-rate monitor.

Amy: Skinny jeans, a vest top and hoodie unless its somewhere warm, then I’d ‘feminize’ and wear a maxi dress and flip flops.

Rikki: Nothing. Clothes suck. But in case anyone has issues with that, an all black costume with LED lights patterned all over it. But not crazy flashing ones. Ones that gently phase in and out. It’s a chill track, and I am all about the full sensory experience.

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As one half of the Altered Echo Project I’d like to extend the gratitude of both Rick and myself to Amy, Rikki, Nakul and Sahil for taking time out of their lives to do this interview for us. The artists can be reached via the electronic means listed below.

The track is available on both BandCamp and SoundCloud

Amy Claire:

Sound Cloud: https://soundcloud.com/amyclairevocals

Facebook: www.facebook.com/amyclairevocals

Twitter: @AmyClaireVocals

Burudu:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/burudu

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/buruduofficial

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Burudumusic

Instagram: http://instagram.com/burudumusic

Rikki:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rikkisho

Artist Home Page: http://rikkisho.wix.com/rikki-sho-music

The Altered Echo Project…
is honored to present – AEP11: Mimetik – Handmade Songs for Handmade People

Out Now

It’s the release we’ve been waiting on since before we began and our final release of 2014…

Handmade Songs for Handmade People

Hinting at past offerings, Handmade Songs is a nine track a collection of works that totally stand on their own yet somehow remains very true to the artists form. Don’t expect Paths, don’t expect Dead Man, but expect something honest that will reach you in whatever place in life that you find yourself sitting now.

All tracks mixed & composed by Mimetik
Mastered by Mike Watts
Published by Aaron Smith and Rick Jeldy via the Creative Commons Non-Commercial Attribution License

Cover Photo by Filippo Brandini
Cover Layout by Mimetik

Stems & Samples Done Differently…

As with all our previous releases we are making avaliable samples intended for manipulation in original works based upon this material. However, this time it’s a bit different. Mimetikhas agreed to provide you, our listener turned artist, with output data from Reaktor and PD patches that were used in the creation of this release. The use of the audio in this way brings new opportunities for original works to be born from the old and submitted back to us for possible republication via this project. Clicking the banner below will start a download of this unique and additional release content…

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The Altered Echo Project wishes to thank Mimetik for providing us with this fabulous material, and Mike Watts for the AMAZING masters. We’d also like to thankYOU the listener for checking out the project and participating in what we have created.

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The clue is in the name. Go get it, listen, get the stems, make a remix.

-Tim

Preview – It’s A Long Distance From Here To Eternity

Taking off the Mask…

Thinking of the way to best present our final release of 2014 has been on my mind for quite a while now. Normally it’s a piece with fancy verbiage, imagery, ambiguous terms, and a little bit of hype. For our eleventh offering in the AEP catalog I’ve decided to go another way…

I formally met Mimetik in June of 2012 just prior to his debut release on the IDMf NetalbelIDMf037: Paths. Truth be told I knew him before that formal meeting but I knew him not as Mimitek but as one who called himself unknown__artist. What I quickly picked up in the conversation he and I had was here is a man who is truly passionate, not only about making music, but a man who is equally passionate about experimentation within the realm.

Shortly thereafter Paths was released and my perspective on what music should be totally changed…

It’s not very often that something like that can change you in some way and ever since I’ve been chasing every bit of his music I can find, and fighting the urge of trying to recreate what he does in my work, and calling it my own.

Aaron and I began preparing for the launch of the Altered Echo Project just a little shy of two years ago to the day I sit here typing this. The first artist we contacted about doing a release through the project was Mimetik and nearly a year would pass until I received a reply. The reply revealed a man invested in his art to the extent of isolation and the reply also revealed a man committed to not just doing more of the same…

I could easily make Paths II” is what he said, but that was something by which he was unwilling to abide. Paths II, oddly enough, was exactly what I was wanting. In stark contrast to the bright glitchy rhythms found in the record I have listened to more than any other since it’s release, his answer came in the form of I Am a Dead Man which was released on Xylem Records 15 July, 2013.

Once again the Altered Echo Project would remain to wait…

Roughly two years after Paths release, two years after the beginnings of AEP, and a little over a year off Dead Man’s heels, the wait is finally over. Coming to you October 28th, 2014 is the release we’ve been waiting on since the projects inception. It’s music that represents yet another evolution in the life of an artist, aptly titled…

Handmade Songs for Handmade People
Out October 28th, 2014

Hinting at past offerings, Handmade Songs is a nine track a collection of works that totally stand on their own yet somehow remains very true to the artists form. Don’t expect Paths, don’t expect Dead Man, but expect something honest that will reach you in whatever place in life that you find yourself sitting now.

Tracklisting -

1. Replacing Words With Empty Dreams
2. Kaleidospop
3. A Bird From Tristinika
4. What I Feel Is What You Get
5. It Is A Long Distance From Here To Eternity
6. Fragment 03
7. Leave Me Here
8. We Will Meet Yesterday Despite The Time Difficulties
9. Laplace’s Dream (A Counter-Revolution Is A Contrary Revolution)

All tracks mixed & composed by Mimetik
Mastered by Mike Watts
Published by Aaron Smith and Rick Jeldy via the Creative Commons Non-Commercial Attribution License

Cover Photo by Filippo Brandini

Layout by Mimetik


Stems & Samples Done Differently…

As with all our previous releases samples intended for manipulation in original works based upon this material will be provided. However this time it’s a bit different. Mimetik has agreed to provide you, our listener turned artist, with output data from Reaktor and PD patches that were used in the creation of this release. The use of the audio in this way brings new opportunities for original works to be born from the old and submitted back to us for possible republication via this project.

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The Altered Echo Project wishes to thank Mimetik for providing us with this fabulous material, and Mike Watts for the AMAZING masters. We’d also like to thank YOU the listener for checking out the project and participating in what we have created.

AEP-

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SoundCloud
BandCamp
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Blog: Coding, Sounds & Colors
On Xylem Records
On The IDMf Netlabel

The clue is in the name. Go get it, listen, get the stems, make a remix.

-Tim

The Altered Echo Project in partnership with In Space and Time Records
are honored to present…

All tracks are mutations / re-interpretations of A Product of my Environment as composed by Jazzyspoon and released by In Space and Time Records.

- Tracklisting –

1 – A sum of the Product – Phomorian
2 – Daydreamwalkers – Vlantis Mutation
3 – Long Trip Home – Neuroscientist Mutation
4 – Bigger pictures – Neu KatalYst Mutation
5 – The Long Trip Home – c.db.sn Emotional Weight Mix
6 – Daydreamwalkers – Ambient Mechanics Mutation
7 – BPRMX – BiggerPictures.Mutate – RFJ
8 – The Long Trip Home – Ambient Mechanics Mutation
9 – What Happens in Waves – No Floors Mutation
10 – What Happens in Wavs – Grain Bastard Rips Them Open to See Mix
11- Daydreamwalkers – Your City Sleeps Mutation
12- Long Trip Home – OCD Soundsystm Mutation
13- revLOVEr – Remco H. Mutation
14- The Great North Wet – Sapling Mutation
15- The Great North Wet – Catnip and Claws Mutation
16 – The Long Trip Home – Nightdewller Mutation
17 – It’s All In My Head – IG88 Mutation

Mutated works mastered by Mike Watts
Published by Aaron Smith & Rick Jeldy in partnership with In Space and Time Records via the Altered Echo Project

- Artwork -

Br/ainfu+ked
Numerical
ndewlla
Cyclops
Jazzyspoon

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The Altered Echo Project wishes to thank Brandon K. Morris, Wayne Baker, and all the other heads at In Space & Time for giving us the opportunity to take this wonderful material one step further. Continued thanks to Mike Watts for the AMAZING MASTERS and really taking what we have to another level.

We’d also like to thank the enormous list of artists that participated in this release, and submitted works for consideration, without who none of this would have been possible.

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Don’t forget to check out our tenth single artist release in the AEP catalog
AEP010 – Dataf1ow – All At Once

And finally…

Thanks be to Jason Potorff aka Jazzyspoon for putting together this top shelf material and so graciously providing to the community in this way so as to facilitate this stunning collection of mutated works.

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AEP
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“The clue is in the name. Go get it. Listen. Get the stems. Make a remix.”

-Tim

The Altered Echo Project in partnership with In Space and Time Records
are honored to announce…

**Out 09-12-14**

All tracks are mutations / re-interpretations of A Product of my Environment as composed by Jazzyspoon and released by In Space and Time Records.

-Preview-

1. A Sum of the Product – Phomorian

- Tracklisting -

1 – A sum of the Product – Phomorian
2 – Daydreamwalkers – Vlantis Remix
3 – Long Trip Home – Neuroscientist Remix
4 – Bigger pictures – Neu KatalYst Remix
5 – BPRMX – Bigger Pictures.Mutate – RFJ
6 – Daydreamwalkers (Ambient Mechanics)
7 – The Long Trip Home – c.db.sn emotional weight mix
8 – The Long Trip Home (ambient Mechanics)
9 – What Happens in Waves (No Floors Remix)
10 – What Happens in Wavs (grain Bastard rips them open to see mix)
11- Daydreamwalkers – Your City Sleeps
12- Long Trip Home – OCD Soundsystm
13- revLOVEr – Remco H.
14- The Great North Wet – Sapling
15- The Great North Wet – Catnip and Claws
16 – The Long Trip Home – Nightdewller Mutation
17 – It’s All In My Head – IG88 Remix

Mutated works mastered by Mike Watts
Published by Aaron Smith & Rick Jeldy in partnership with In Space and Time Records via the Altered Echo Project

- Artwork -

Br/ainfu+ked
Numerical
ndewlla
Cyclops
Jazzyspoon

***

The Altered Echo Project wishes to thank Brandon K. Morris, Wayne Baker, and all the other heads at In Space & Time for giving us the opportunity to take this wonderful material one step further. Continued thanks to Mike Watts for the AMAZING MASTERS and really taking what we have to another level.

We’d also like to thank the enormous list of artists that participated in this release, and submitted works for consideration, without who none of this would have been possible.

- In the Meantime -

Don’t forget to check out our tenth single artist release in the AEP catalog
AEP010 – Dataf1ow – All At Once

And finally…

Thanks be to Jason Potorff aka Jazzyspoon for putting together this top shelf material and so graciously providing to the community in this way so as to facilitate this stunning collection of mutated works.

***

AEP
DotComFaceBookSoundCloudBandCamp

ISAT

DotComFaceBookSoundCloudBandCamp

JazzySpoon

DotComSoundCloudBandCamp

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“The clue is in the name. Go get it. Listen. Get the stems. Make a remix.”

-Tim

The Altered Echo Project…
is honored to Present – AEP010: Dataf1ow – All At Once

**Out Now**

To say what we have for our tenth release fuses nearly every type of music imaginable would be an understatement. To call it Fusion would be naive. Simply put; what we have for you here represents a veritable melting pot of styles, themes, and genres, formed into one single release, which brings it all together and serves it straight to you…

All At Once

Out Today – August 15th, 2014

–Stem & Sample Information–

As with all our previous releases extra insight, in the form of a sample pack, is provided with the EP deconstructed into separate audio files for all your remix needs. Dataf1ow has been kind enough to stem out EVERY TRACK on the clickable tracklisting found below.

Use them, abuse them, do with them what you will. It is our hope however that you, our listener turned artist, will find inspiration in what you hear and submit new works spawned from the old, back to us for possible republication through this project. We will always be accepting submissions for mutations of this work and any of our previous releases. However, please keep your eyes peeled for further information as related to the defined competition in the mutation of sound, that will be centered around this release.

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Clickable Tracklisting With Direct Stem / Sample Downloads

1. Arbalest
2. Harder Still
3. Stay the Course
4. Time Can Dance Too
5. Just Beyond

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All tracks mixed & composed by Dataf1ow
Vocals on track 3 Dena Woods
Mastered by Mike Watts
Published by Aaron Smith and Rick Jeldy via the Creative Commons Non-Commercial Attribution License

Artwork by Grace Bigler & Evan Boguina

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The Altered Echo Project wishes to thank Evan Boguina for providing us with this fabulous material, and Mike Watts for the AMAZING masters. We’d also like to thank YOU the listener for checking out the project and participating.

AEP-

DotCom – SoundCloud – BandCamp – FaceBook

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SoundCloud – BandCamp – FaceBook

The clue is in the name. Go get it, listen, get the stems, make a remix.
-Tim

The Altered Echo Project…
is honored to announce – AEP010: Dataf1ow – All At Once

August 15, 2014
To say what we have for our tenth release fuses nearly every type of music imaginable would be an understatement. To call it Fusion would be naive. Simply put; what we have for you here represents a veritable melting pot styles, themes, and genres, formed into one single release, which brings it all together and serves it straight to you…All At Once

Out August 15th, 2014

Preview – Time Can Dance Too

Tracklisting -

1. Arbalest
2. Harder, Still
3. Stay the Course
4. Time Can Dance Too
5. Just Beyond

All tracks mixed & composed by Dataf1ow
Vocals on track 3 Dena Woods
Mastered by Mike Watts
Published by Aaron Smith and Rick Jeldy via the Creative Commons Non-Commercial Attribution License

Artwork by Grace Bigler & Evan Boguina

As with our previous releases, Dataf1ow will provide extra insight, in the form of a sample pack with the EP deconstructed into separate audio files for all your remix needs. Use them, abuse them, do with what you will. It is our hope however that you, our listener turned artist, will find inspiration in what you hear and submit new works spawned from the old, back to us for possible republication through this project. We will always be accepting submissions for mutations of this work and any of our previous releases. However, please keep your eyes peeled for further information as related to the defined competition in the mutation of sound, that will be centered around this release.

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The Altered Echo Project wishes to thank Evan Boguina for providing us with this fabulous material and Mike Watts for the AMAZING masters. We’d also like to thank YOU the listener for checking out the project and participating.

AEP-

DotCom
SoundCloud
BandCamp
FaceBook

Dataf1ow -

SoundCloud
BandCamp
FaceBook

The clue is in the name. Go get it, listen, get the stems, make a remix.

-Tim

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